BA in History

The History program invites students to critically reflect on the ideas, faith traditions, political movements, leaders, and cultures that shaped the West and the United States over the past three millennia and to understand the present as a continuation of the past. Through exposure to a broad set of readings and other work, OCU’s History program provides students with a background in the proper techniques for evaluating historical works, engaging in professional methods for historical research, and developing advanced writing and oral presentation skills.

Objectives

On completion of the program, students should be able to:
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    Integrate Christian principles in critical thinking and decision-making.
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    Acquire an appropriate knowledge of historical content and knowledge of how the discipline of history influences and is influenced by the contemporary culture.
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    Critically examine concepts and theories concerning the discipline of history and the interaction of faith and history.
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    Analyze primary and secondary materials and create work that provides a reasonable interpretation of data.
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    Produce written work and other materials at an advanced level, appropriate for entering graduate school or a vocation.

GENERAL EDUCATION CORE49 HOURS

Refer to the General Education core at the beginning of the Academic Programs section for specific courses that fulfill elective requirements.

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    Designed to support students experiencing academic, personal, and spiritual transition to Ohio Christian University. Academic advising, finances, time management, study skills, and resources available to students. Overview of what new students can expect from a university experience. Acclimation to the unique OCU community environment.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisites: None
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    Developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle for achieving individual potential in all dimensions of wellness. Includes creation of short- and long-term fitness goals and fitness assessment activities for healthy habits. Required for all students.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisites: None
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    Weekly chapel services and other events designed to integrate spiritual, academic, and community life, and to engage the campus community in worship, biblically rooted teaching, and a deepening relationship with Jesus Christ.
     
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    Classroom introduction to the Christian Service program, including the rationale, policies, and procedures for Christian Service at Ohio Christian University, and field engagement in approved service learning experiences, including ministry and response to the needs of the community.
     
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    Field engagement in approved service learning experiences, including ministry and response to the needs of the community. This course does not have a scheduled class time. To earn credit, students independently arrange service opportunities with the approval of the Christian Service instructor, and submit online reports.
     

SF100 and CS071 requirements are prorated in certain instances.

REASONING SKILLS7 HOURS

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    Mathematics Elective3
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    Science Elective with Lab 4

COMMUNICATION SKILLS9 HOURS

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    An introductory study of composition emphasizing writing as a process (prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing). Assignments focus on the different styles and uses of argument. Students gain and refine skills of developing a thesis, organizing content, controlling tone, and expressing ideas in clearly communicated language. In addition, students conduct library research and incorporate researched material into papers using APA format.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    An intermediate course designed to extend and refine students’ expository and creative writing experiences. Student writing will reflect university-level writing skills, such as principles of logical/critical thinking and reasoning, effective organization, APA research and documentation, and content-rich development of ideas.
    Offered: Spring Recommended: LA101
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    Communication Elective3

SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES 6 HOURS

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    A comprehensive survey of the field of psychology, including historical and theoretical foundations, with special emphasis on contemporary scientific research and empirical applications, within a Christian perspective and a biopsychosocial approach.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    The scientific study of society, institutions, and group interaction, with focus on the sociological imagination and core theories. Topics include the sociological perspective, the individual in society, stratification and social inequality, social intuitions, human ecology, and social change, with special attention to issues of diversity.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None

HUMANITIES 11 HOURS

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    Fine Arts2
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    Literature Elective 3
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    Western Civilization from the Ancient Age through the Medieval Age with focus on the development of societies, ideas, politics, and people.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisites: None
Choose one of the following:
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    Overview of philosophical vocabulary and concepts, and a historical survey of the development of western philosophy. Basic understanding of the main currents in western thought and their relationships to each other.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    Introduction to logic and ethics including methodologies for applying those disciplines in Christian ministry and other vocations. Induction and deduction, principles of clean statement and valid reasoning, and fallacies. Moral theories of philosophical schools and their relationship to the development of a biblical ethic.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None

GENERAL EDUCATION ELECTIVES3 HOURS

BIBLICAL LITERATURE, RELIGION, AND THEOLOGY 11 HOURS

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    Introduction to the New Testament narrative and teachings that constitute the Gospel message about Jesus Christ. Special attention to the narratives found within the four Gospels, their relationship to one another and the Book of Acts. Basic instruction in inductive Bible study method. Note: NT102 is a prerequisite for all other New Testament courses.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    Introduction to the Old Testament narrative with special attention to the Torah (the first five books). Emphasis on historical backgrounds, origins of the Israelite nation, and Hebrew worship. Note: OT101 is a prerequisite for all other Old Testament courses.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    Introduction to worldview and a survey of the plurality of worldviews in western culture. Special attention to the Christian worldview and how competing worldviews challenge and reinforce it. Basic instruction in creedal Christianity assists students in understanding and embracing the uniqueness of Christianity, enabling more effective communication of the Christian faith.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisite: None
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    The Christian experience of spiritual redemption and sanctification examined in the light of its scriptural foundations as taught by theologians within the Wesleyan/Armenian tradition. Designed for non-religion majors.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisites: TH100, OT101, NT102

HISTORY MAJOR39 HOURS

*Courses marked by an asterisk are offered online through the College of Adult and Graduate Studies (AGS).

HISTORY36 HOURS

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    Western Civilization through the Modern and Postmodern Age with focus on the development of societies, ideas, politics, and people.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisites: None
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    Examination of significant events, ideas, issues, institutions, and personalities relevant to political, social, and economic developments, in U.S. History from European exploration to Reconstruction. Special emphasis on how changes and continuities of the past impact the present.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisites: None
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    Examination of significant events, ideas, issues, institutions, and personalities relevant to political, social, and economic developments in U.S. History from Industrialization to the present. Special emphasis on how changes and continuities of the past impact the present.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisites: None
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    General history of the state of Ohio. May include field trips.
    Offered: Summer, even year Prerequisites: None Course Fee: $75
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    *HIS2100 Introduction to Historiography 3
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    *HIS3100 The Gilded Age America, 1876-19153
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    *HIS3300 East Asia History3
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    *HIS3400 Modern Western Europe3
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    *HIS3000 History of Free Market Thought3
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    *HIS4000 Survey of Church History3
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    *HIS4200 Colloquium: The New Republic3
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    *HIS4500 Research Seminar: The New Republic3
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    *HIS4900 Undergraduate Thesis3

LEADERSHIP ELECTIVE3 HOURS

Choose one of the following leadership courses:
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    Psychological and social processes that characterize effective leadership. Biblical leadership models and current leadership concepts and theories. Positive and negative characteristics of leadership and the psychological principles of followership. Discovery of personal leadership and followership styles of the individual students.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    Management theories, principles, and philosophies, and the difference between management and leadership. This interdisciplinary course addresses the importance of a Christian worldview for leaders and managers as they influence, plan, organize, control, and lead for effectiveness.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: MG101

ELECTIVES32 HOURS

Any credit-bearing course, 100-level or above

Program Total120 Hours

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